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Journal of Information Policy

Krishna Jayakar, Editor
Amit Schejter, Editor
Richard Taylor, Editor


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ISSN 2381-5892
E-ISSN 2158-3897
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Journal of Information Policy

Krishna Jayakar, Editor
Amit Schejter, Editor
Richard Taylor, Editor

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The Journal of Information Policy brings contemporary scholarly research and analysis of significant information policy issues to the attention of policymakers in a timely fashion via an online format. It is a refereed scholarly journal that is multidisciplinary and international in scope and publishes articles, comments, book reviews, literature reviews, and invited commentary. The journal interprets the term information policy broadly, with the understanding that its meaning and parameters may evolve in a rapidly changing society. It also embraces the full range of information and communications users, institutions, technologies, applications, businesses, and cultures. The Journal of Information Policy is a publication of the Institute for Information Policy at The Pennsylvania State University.

This work is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution CC-BY-NC-ND. The Journal of Information Policy is an Open Access Journal which means that all content is freely available immediately upon publication without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users can read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, per the terms of the CC-BY-NC-ND license, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author.

The Institute for Information Policy (IIP) is a joint venture of the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications and the College of Information Sciences and Technology. The IIP conducts groundbreaking research and innovative programs on the social implications of information technology, with an emphasis on the potential of information technologies for improving democratic discourse, social responsibility and quality of life. Its annual workshops unite experts from across the globe to share research on issues of access and security.

Krishna Jayakar, The Pennsylvania State University
Amit Schejter, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, The Pennsylvania State University
Richard Taylor, The Pennsylvania State University

Managing Editor
Zhenyu (Emma) Zhang, The Pennsylvania State University

Editorial Board
Patricia Aufderheide, American University
Steven Bauer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Stuart N. Brotman, The University of Tennessee
Paul de Bijl, ACM (Netherlands)/Utrecht University
Niva Elkin-Koren, Tel Aviv University
Martha Garcia-Murillo, University of Nebraska, Omaha
Carolyn Gideon, Tufts University
Ellen Goodman, Rutgers University
Natali Helberger, University of Amsterdam
Steven Jackson, Cornell University
Chun Liu, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China
Yu-Li Liu, City University of Hong Kong
Stephen McDowell, Florida State University
Maria Michalis, University of Westminster
Catherine Middleton, Toronto Metropolitan University
Kathryn Montgomery, American University
Manuel Puppis, University of Fribourg
Christian Sandvig, University of Michigan
Leslie Regan Shade, University of Toronto
Gwen Shaffer, California State University Long Beach
Dong-Hee Shin, Zayed University
Siva Vaidhyanathan, University of Virginia
Peggy Valcke, KU Leuven
Kevin Werbach, University of Pennsylvania

Advisory Board
Johannes Bauer, Michigan State University
Erik Bohlin, Chalmers University of Technology
Sandra Braman, Texas A&M University
Susan Crawford, Harvard University
Rob Frieden, The Pennsylvania State University
Neil Gandal, Tel Aviv University
Heather Hudson, University of Alaska-Anchorage
Peter Humphreys, University of Manchester
Nancy Kranich, Rutgers University/American Library Association
Milton Mueller, Georgia Tech
Monroe Price, University of Pennsylvania
Harmeet Sawhney, Indiana University
Jorge Reina Schement, Rutgers University
Sharon Strover, University of Texas-Austin
Bin Zhang, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications

The journal invites contributions that address significant current or near-future information policy and regulatory issues. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following: telecommunications, information society, regulation and governance, national broadband plans, privacy, security, ethical issues of new technologies, intellectual property, and gender and information technologies.

If you would like to submit an article to Journal of Information Policy, please visit and create an author profile. In order to access the author guidelines, please click here. The online system will guide you through the steps to upload your article for submission to the editorial office. There are no APCs or submission charges.

Practices of/for information access
Manuscripts due by 6/15/2023

Information access is fundamental to communities of all sizes. Communities of all sizes and compositions, urban, suburban, or rural, dominant or traditionally marginalized, need the ability to access reliable, useful, and meaningful information. Information access has physical, social, and intellectual aspects (Burnett, Jaeger, & Thompson, 2008), which need to be contextualized in specific communities, times, and places. Access can be facilitated or constrained through specific policies, practices, companies, and social and civic institutions such as libraries and information organizations.

In this call for papers, we seek article submissions that problematize, contextualize, and begin to resolve the complexities of information access for communities. We are particularly interested in articles that offer useful practices of and for information access in the United States, globally, and comparatively.

Submissions may be specifically focused on particular aspects or examples of information access, such as what we have learned from past moments of broadband support and financing or the role of libraries in facilitating broader forms of information access. Other submissions may present a broad overview of the state of information access. Submissions may take a historical, theoretical, or empirical approach. We welcome submissions that describe (or problematize) practices, models, or theories related to information access (such as net neutrality, content moderation, or internet filtering).

We welcome submissions that consider information access in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, from an international perspective, with an interdisciplinary lens, and through the use of multiple methodologies. Co-guest editors are Sharon Strover (), Christopher Ali () and Shannon M. Oltmann (). Manuscripts are due by June 15, 2023.

Papers submitted to the Special Issue should be anonymized. They should be submitted through the Journal’s online submission platform and follow the Journal’s standard submission guidelines (click here). For more information on the Journal, see: and for submitting your paper, visit

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